|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 drink (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||17%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 230g||84%|
|Dietary Fiber 10g||34%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
It's hard to resist the sweet taste of a freshly made banana smoothie! While you can add all sorts of flavors to it, the basic recipe is a great introduction that will show you just how easy it is to make at home. It's a great option for a super simple breakfast smoothie and is a delicious, healthy treat for a hot summer afternoon.
This banana smoothie recipe requires just five simple ingredients, all of which you may already have in your kitchen. It's an excellent way to use up ripe bananas before they're too far gone and only good for banana bread. The smoothie is sweetened with honey and uses vanilla yogurt to give it a lovely creaminess that is irresistable. Don't skip the vanilla extract, either! It gives the smoothie a subtle depth of flavor that really sets it over the top.
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 bananas (ripe, sliced)
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup ice
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a blender in the following order: honey, vanilla extract, bananas, vanilla yogurt, and ice.
Gradually increase the blending speed and blend until the mixture is smooth.
Pour the drink into a chilled glass.
Serve and enjoy!
Make a large batch and store the excess in the freezer. When you're ready for another smoothie, set it out for about 5 to 10 minutes so it softens up enough to drink.
- The honey can be replaced by agave nectar if you like. For a liquid sweetener that adds an interesting flavor, try cinnamon simple syrup. Cinnamon and bananas are a perfect pairing!
- You can replace the yogurt with a scoop of ice cream to create more of a banana milkshake. While vanilla is often preferred, chocolate's a great option, too. It's best to add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk as well.
- No yogurt? Blend your smoothie with 6 ice cubes (or 1/2 cup crushed ice) and add about 3/4 cup of milk. Coconut milk and any of the popular dairy alternatives work well too.
- If you want to spike this drink, add 1 ounce of banana liqueur. You can also use a flavored vodka like whipped cream, vanilla, or banana (it's hard to find but out there).
- The basic banana smoothie is the perfect foundation to build a custom banana split smoothie by liquifying your favorite banana split toppings. For instance, add 1/2 cup of diced pineapple and 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries. Squeeze in fun toppings like chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel syrup, or add a tablespoon of peanut butter or coconut flakes. To complete the experience, top it with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a maraschino cherry.